Middle EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Old French canon, from Latin canōn, from Ancient Greek κανών (kanṓn).

Alternative formsEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /kaˈnuːn/, /kanun/

NounEdit

canoun (plural canouns)

  1. Ecclesiastical regulations; canon law.
  2. (often in the plural) A law or rule.
  3. A body of authoritative rules.
  4. The Canon of the Mass.
DescendantsEdit
  • English: canon
  • Scots: canon
ReferencesEdit

Etymology 2Edit

From Old Northern French canoine, from Latin canōnicus; a back-formation from Old English canonic is also possible, though less likely. Some forms are influenced by central Old French chanoine.

Alternative formsEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /kaˈnuːn/, /kanun/, /tʃa-/

NounEdit

canoun (plural canouns)

  1. canon (clergy member serving a cathedral church).
DescendantsEdit
ReferencesEdit